September 07, 2016
Christine Lentz, a Colorado native and mother of three, went in for a routine abdominal surgery in November 2013. Approximately four weeks later, she was feeling sick and went back to the hospital where she was diagnosed with the flu. They treated her and sent her home.
Three days later, her condition greatly worsened sending her back to the hospital. She was in septic shock. She was admitted to the intensive care unit and started on antibiotics. Shortly thereafter, her hands and feet turned black. For the first few weeks, she was touch and go. Her outlook looked bleak. For the first few months, she doesn’t recall much. The damage to her hands and feet were irreversible and it became apparent that she would need amputations of all four extremities. At this point, she was transferred to The Denver Clinic at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s where she was treated by a team of surgeons led by Drs. David Hahn and David Schnur. Christine’s first surgery required amputation below her left knee. Given the severity of her condition, it was a miracle she pulled through this first surgery. So the team at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s planned the next set of amputation surgeries to save her life which included her right leg below her knee and both arms below the elbow. She was in the hospital for 30 weeks (7 months) and in physical therapy for one year.
Christine is working hard to get back to a normal life and even driving through modifications made to her car. Prior to this all, she was an avid skier and runner and hopes to get back to these activities soon.